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Something Old, Something New / September 22, 2023

St. John’s United Methodist Church 2626 Arizona St NE, Albuquerque, NM, United States

Take a break from your usual weekday morning for a little music. The first NMPhil Coffee Concert of the season brings the sonorous virtuosity of Michael McLean’s 21st-century violin masterwork, Elements, with violinist Sarah Tasker, the NMPhil’s own assistant concertmaster. Contrasting though not competing, the program also features music by Baroque-era master Antonio Vivaldi as well as J.S. Bach’s Organ Concerto in d minor with organist Nancy Granert.

Part Bach, Part Pärt / December 15, 2023

South Broadway Cultural Center: The John Lewis Theatre 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, United States

Good morning, Albuquerque! This NMPhil Coffee Concert features two favorites from the masterful J.S. Bach and brings the rich string sounds of Arvo Pärt to the stage. Hear these mavens of sacred and art music of the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, respectively. Join us!

A Spring Thaw / March 15, 2024

First United Methodist Church 314 Lead Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM, United States

What better way to celebrate the hint of spring in the air than with an NMPhil Coffee Concert! Enjoy this almost-spring morning of music with the gentle beauty of Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Schumann’s First Symphony, a work of bright brass, a driving scherzo, and more. The “Spring” Symphony premiered in 1841 with Felix Mendelssohn conducting and announced Schumann’s spot-on Romantic sensibilities to the world.

Early Beethoven / May 3, 2024

South Broadway Cultural Center: The John Lewis Theatre 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, United States

The last NMPhil Coffee Concert of 2023/24 is sure to leave you excited for next season! Premiered in 1803 in Vienna and conducted by the composer himself, Beethoven’s second foray into the world of big, public symphonies combines his unique artistry with his humor, stated through various musical jokes in the Scherzo and Finale. This is one of the last works of Beethoven’s early period. The program—led by Na’Zir McFadden—also includes Anthony Ratinov performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 to lighten your early spring morning.